The Luniz were a platinum-selling rap duo from Oakland, California formed by rappers Yukmouth and Numskull. They released an internationally successful hit in 1995 entitled “I Got 5 On It”, two versions of which appear on their album Operation Stackola. A third version of the song, featuring Oakland rappers Dru Down, Shock G, Richie Rich, E-40, and Spice 1 has also garnered radio play.
During the mid-nineties, a beef sparked between Luniz and No Limit CEO, Master P over the use of the concept ‘the Ice Cream Man’. The term had been first coined by the Luniz and fellow rapper Dru Down on a song of the same name off Dru‘s debut album. In 2006, Yukmouth confirmed that the beef had been squashed.
Luniz also had a major row with Too Short, deriding him on their song “Playa Hata” and saying in the song “that’s why the town got rid of Short.” This led to an altercation at KMEL Summer Jam in 1996, between Too Short and some posse members of Luniz.
Too Short was banned from KMEL radio for a brief period of time as a result of the fight at Summer Jam. In the song “Oakland Raiders”, however Luniz gave credit to Too Short as being “The first Oakland Raider on the set.”